Community Champions

Lisa Variot Program Coordinator, NeuroRestorative Michigan
Grant Recipient, Northville Moose

When Lisa’s son was young and she was a single parent she received assistance from Northville Moose. She never forgot this and wanted to give back in the way they helped her, so Lisa has been volunteering with Northville Moose for the past 20 years. Members of Moose provide volunteer services to their community, care for children and seniors, and others in need.

This year, the Northville Moose held fundraisers for ALS, breast cancer, and the local Children’s Hospital. Lisa was part of coordinating the auction to raise money for Children’s Hospital, preparing care packages for the homeless in the winter, and making food baskets for local families in the summer. The group also fundraised to support Moose Charities’ national initiatives including Mooseheart, which supports children in need and Moosehaven, a retirement community.

“Lisa is currently getting ready for the yearly cancer benefit where she is the main event organizer,” said Andrea Hendrickson, Program Manager, NeuroRestorative Michigan.” She is amazing and the money raised goes directly to benefit individuals instead of going to an overhead cost.”

With over 300 women in the chapter, they select local organizations based on causes their members are personally affected by. They organize fundraising events such as a dinner or other auction and all of the proceeds are donated to the selected nonprofit.

“I want to volunteer with them because they helped me,” said Lisa. “I don’t want any children to go without holiday presents or families to go without food. The support we are able to provide as a group is incredible.”

To learn more about Northville Moose, please visit their website at http://lodge1190.moosepages.org/.